Skin Cancer Education

INFORMED (INternet curriculum FOR Melanoma Early Detection) is transforming melanoma education by engaging the learner. In addition, the INFORMED program provides training in dermoscopy (epiluminescence microscopy), which has been proven to increase diagnostic accuracy during the skin examination.

“An increasing body of evidence indicates that effective early detection is our best hope for cutting melanoma deaths by at least half in the near future.

Conventional education programs have had the effect of stabilizing mortality rates despite steadily increasing incidence trends, but we need to change our methods to get a substantial reduction in deaths. Today, knowledge and skills for melanoma screening remain low in primary care, the performance of thorough skin self-examination remains low, and education of clinicians remains focused on teaching variations of the ABCDs of melanoma in conventional formats.”

– Dr. Martin Weinstock

Case 1: ABCDEs of Melanoma

Objectives: Learn and apply the ABCD-E criteria for melanoma detection. Learn about superficial spreading melanoma (SSM).

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Case 2: The “Ugly Duckling” Sign

Objectives: Learn and apply the “Ugly Duckling” sign for melanoma detection. Learn about atypical (dysplastic) nevus.

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Case 3: Seborrheic Keratosis

Objectives: Learn about seborrheic keratosis (SK). Learn how to differentiate seborrheic keratoses from nevi and melanomas.

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Case 4: Nodular Melanoma

Objectives: Learn about nodular melanoma (NM). Learn about blue nevus. Learn about hemangioma. Learn about dermatofibroma

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Case 5: Melanoma Subtypes

Objectives: Learn about lentigo maligna melanoma (LMM). Learn about acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM). Learn about amelanotic melanoma (AM).

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Case 6: Melanoma Risk Factors

Objectives: Learn about the risk factors of melanoma. Learn the components of a full body skin exam and skin self exam. Learn the principles of effective skin cancer primary prevention and counseling.

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Case 7: Basal Cell Carcinoma

Objectives: Learn about basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Learn about sebaceous hyperplasia. Learn about angiofibroma (fibrous papules).

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Case 8: Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Objectives: Learn about squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Learn about actinic keratosis (AK).

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Case 9: Getting It Done

Objectives: Learn about and understand key features of an effective office that facilitates skin cancer detection.

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Objectives: Learn about dermoscopy. Learn and apply the 3-point checklist for the detection of pigmented skin cancers.

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Objectives: Review and test your understanding of the topics surrounding melanoma and skin cancer detection.

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